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· 3 min read
BibTeX FAQ

Overleaf is a popular online LaTeX editor that allows users to collaborate on documents in real-time. One of the great features of Overleaf is the ability to easily add citations and bibliographies to your documents using the natbib package. In this post, we will go over the basics of using natbib with Overleaf to add citations and bibliographies to your papers.

Adding Citations

To add citations in Overleaf, you first need to add the natbib package to your document. This can be done by adding the following line to the preamble of your document:

\usepackage[numbers]{natbib}

This will allow you to use the \citep and \cite commands to add citations to your document. The \citep command is used for in-text citations and will display the citation as a number in parentheses, while the \cite command is used for in-text citations and will display the citation as a number.

For example, to cite a paper by Smith et al. (2020) in-text, you would use the following command:

According to \citep{Smith2020}, this is an important finding.

This will display the citation as:

According to (Smith et al., 2020), this is an important finding.

Adding a Bibliography

To add a bibliography to your document in Overleaf, you first need to create a .bib file that contains the information for all of the references that you will be citing. The .bib file should be saved in the same directory as your main .tex file. One of the easiest ways to create this .bib file is by using CiteDrive, a tool that connects to Overleaf and generates the bib file for you. More information can be found in the blog post on Overleaf.com.

Once you have created your .bib file, you can add a bibliography to your document by adding the following command to your document:

\bibliography{mybibfile}

where mybibfile is the name of your .bib file.

You can also specify the style of your bibliography by adding the following command to your document:

\bibliographystyle{plainnat}

This will format your bibliography in a plain style. There are many different bibliography styles available, and you can find a list of them here.

Conclusion

In this post, we have gone over the basics of using natbib with Overleaf to add citations and bibliographies to your papers. With Overleaf's easy-to-use interface and natbib's powerful citation and bibliography management capabilities, you can easily keep track of your references and format your bibliography in the style that is required by your publication. Additionally, using CiteDrive to generate the bib file for you can save a lot of time and effort.

· 3 min read
BibTeX FAQ

Proper citation is essential in academic writing for giving credit to the sources you use in your research. Overleaf is a popular online LaTeX editor that allows users to easily create and collaborate on academic documents. It also includes a number of powerful citation management tools, including BibTeX, NatBib, and BibLaTeX.

Adding Citations

To add a citation in Overleaf, first create a '.bib' file with the information about your sources. Each source's author, title, publication date, and other pertinent information should be included in this file. You can either create your '.bib' file manually or use a tool like CiteDrifve, a collaborative BibTeX/BibLaTeX-management tool built for the web, to do it for you. CiteDrive integrates with Overleaf, keeping all of your references in sync with your LaTeX document. More information can be found at Overleaf.com: Overleaf.com | Blog - Better bibliography management with Overleaf, CiteDrive, and BibTeX/BibLaTeX — about 3.0 and an updated guide

Once you have your .bib file ready, you can add citations to your Overleaf document by using the \cite command. For example, if you want to cite a source with the key example_source, you would use the command \cite{example_source}.

You can also use the \citep and \citet commands to specify the formatting of your citations. The \citep command is used for in-text citations, and is typically used for referencing a source within parentheses. The \citet command is used for author-date citations, and is typically used for referencing a source in the text.

Managing Your Sources

Overleaf makes it easy to manage your sources and keep your .bib file up-to-date. You can easily add new sources, edit existing ones, and even import and export your .bib file to other citation management tools.

You can also use the \bibliography command to automatically generate a bibliography at the end of your document. This command takes the name of your .bib file as an argument, and will automatically format and organize your sources based on the citation style you choose.

Using the right package

The choice of which package to use for citations in Overleaf will depend on your specific needs and preferences.

  • BibTeX is the most traditional and widely used citation management package for LaTeX. It is simple to use, and supports a wide range of citation styles. However, it does not provide as much flexibility and control over the formatting of citations as the other two options.
  • *natbib works as an extension for BibTeX, that provides advanced features and flexibility for citation management. It is particularly useful for author-year citation styles, and it allows you to customize the formatting of citations in the text.
  • BibLaTeX is a more modern and powerful alternative to BibTeX. It provides more advanced features such as localization, advanced sorting, and support for more types of entries. Additionally, it can handle all bibliographic data in Unicode and it is compatible with most of the citation styles available in BibTeX.

In summary, if you are looking for a simple and widely supported option, use BibTeX. If you want more control over the formatting and advanced features, use BibLaTeX or natbib.

Conclusion

Citation management can be a tedious task, but Overleaf makes it easy with its built-in citation tool. With Overleaf, you can easily add, edit, and manage your sources, and automatically generate a bibliography at the end of your document. Whether you're a student, researcher, or professional academic, Overleaf is a powerful tool to help you create high-quality, properly-cited documents with ease.

· 4 min read
CiteDrive

When writing a research paper, it's important to use references to support your claims. Citing your sources correctly is key to creating a solid argument and avoiding plagiarism. This guide will show you how to cite references on Overleaf using CiteDrive. We'll also give you tips for finding reliable sources online. Let's get started!

Step 1: Connecting CiteDrive with Overleaf

If you're not already signed in to Overleaf, you'll need to do so now. Then, go to CiteDrive, create an Overleaf project, and add references to your new project. Your project could look like this:

CiteDrive - Example

After that, click on "bib" on the top left of your project. This will open a new tab to the dynamic BibTeX file that you can use for your Overleaf, which will auto-update whenever you or your teammates add, update, or deletes references from your project.

Finally, go to Overleaf, create a new file, select "From External URL", and paste the URL from the dynamic BibTeX to "URL to fetch the file from" name it here references.bib. Your CiteDrive project is now connected to Overleaf! Remember that you need to click on refresh when you make changes in our CiteDrive project so that Overleaf gets the latest state.

Add files to Overleaf

Step 2: Create a TeX document in Overleaf

Now let's create a new tex-file for Overleaf, which we could call "document.tex" we can define the bibliography, the BibTeX file from CiteDrive with \bibliography{references}. But what bibliography tools should we use? For Bibliography management in LaTeX/Overleaf, there are many options: most likely, natbib, bibtex, and biblatex. For the management of bibliographies in LaTeX, BibTeX is the mainstay that forms the basis for the format. With natbib, BibTeX is provided with an extension that offers more design freedom for in-text citations, and biblatex is a complete revision of BibTeX that offers more reference types, sorting, and filtering options for bibliographies and localization options. While BibteX is the best-known program, BibLaTex is not only just as robust but also the most recommended program for newcomers. The citation and bibliographical data for references and listings are kept in the so-called .bib-file, just as you see in the BibTeX file from CiteDrive. It's always in the same format:

@article{smith201X,
title = {An interesting article},
author = {John Smith},
year = {201X},
journal = {Journal of Interesting Articles}
}

Here @article is the source type, title, author, year and journal, the attributes used to display in your references lists and citations and lastly, smith201X, a unique identifier you can use to reference in your document, mainly with cite(key). CiteDrive is not picky about the format; any field and entry type making it work for the bibliographic package of your choice is acceptable. Because CiteDrive's fundamental goal is to separate bibliographic data from the document and citation styles, all alternatives are supported by CiteDrive.

As a result, we provide three templates below to get you started.

Getting started with BibTeX:

If you want to start with BibTeX, use the following template or open directly to Overleaf. For more information on BibTeX, see the documentation.

document.tex
\documentclass{article}
\usepackage[utf8]{inputenc}

\title{BibTeX references in \LaTeX}
\author{John Smith}

\begin{document}

\maketitle

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Praesent enim urna, dapibus et bibendum vel, consectetur et turpis. Cras a molestie nulla. \cite{Hemingway1952}
\medskip

\bibliographystyle{unsrt}
\bibliography{references}

\end{document}

Getting started with natbib:

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{natbib}
\bibliographystyle{apalike}
\title{A Short Guide to Reference Management using natbib with BibTeX}
\author{CiteDrive}
\date {January 1988}

\begin{document}

\maketitle
\textbf{Narrative citation:} \citet{Doe:1966} investigated the risks of incorrectly \\
recorded [...], which results in distortion.
\textbf{Parenthetical citation:} The risks of incorrect recording of [...] could lead to distortion
\citep{Doe:1966}.

\medskip

\bibliography{references}

\end{document}

For more on natbib, please click here.

Getting started with BibLaTeX:​

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{biblatex}
\addbibresource{references.bib}

\begin{document}
Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Praesent enim urna, dapibus et bibendum vel, consectetur et turpis. Cras a molestie nulla. \cite{Hemingway1952}
\medskip

\printbibliography

\end{document}

For more on BibLaTeX, please click here.

Step 3: In-Text citations

If you have the browser extension installed, you can create citations by selecting the text and clicking on the CiteDrive icon in your toolbar.

You can also cite references manually using the cite command. For example, if you wanted to cite Smith (201X), you would use \cite{smith201X}. Or use the reference search in overleaf.

Bibliography styles are preinstalled on Overleaf and depending which package you used references on the following pages:

That's it! You should now have everything you need to start using references in Overleaf. Please let us know by e-mail at hello@citedrive.com if you have any questions or feedback.

Happy TeXing!